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Tabitha Belmonte with daughter Emma

Otter Tail County jury rejects family's claims in wrongful death suit after murder-suicide

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FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – An Otter Tail County jury has rejected a family’s claims in a wrongful death suit filed after a murder-suicide three years ago.

In March 2011, Tabitha Belmonte, 16, was shot and killed at the Cox family’s Amor home by Dylan Cox, 17, who then turned the gun on himself.

Belmonte’s mother, Bobbi Teeple of Dent, and eight other family members had asked for a total of $5 million from the Cox family. Each plaintiff sought more than $50,000.

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